SAS Portal: How to Follow Tweets …
SAS Information Delivery Portal allows you to add syndicated channels (RSS feeds) to your site. There are several ways to exploit this ability. You might want to add a blog (ahem, bi-notes.com) or just have access to the latest tweets. I’ve used Twitter to make some new friends, learn about some cool links, and recently it did help me confirm it was an earthquake that nearly caused my monitor to topple over. [Follow me: @taanderud]
How would I integrate a tweet?
There are several uses I can imagine for Twitter. If your company primarily does business to business activity then you may want to create a portal page that generates all the data you have for the Top 10 customers. You could divide the page so that one side display internal information, such as graphs/tables (recent sales, customer support calls, last upgrade, etc) and on second side place external information, such as tweets or commentary from a blog. If you are already using something like this, please post in the comments so we can all learn some new ideas!
Adding Tweets to the Portal
There are several ways to have the tweets on the SAS Information Delivery Portal: add a link to a current collection, set as a bookmark, place the feed in it’s own portlet, or display the actual Twitter messages.
Update Sept 2013: Oops! User just told me that the fourth method is not supported by Twitter any longer. This post explains more background if you are interested: How to Replace IFTT Twitter Triggers.
John Munoz wrote this blog entry on using SAS to analyze the tweets. He provides a really excellent overview about how to tap into the stream and even provides the code to help you along. John rocks!
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